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Victoria COVID cases drop to below 1000 on Tuesday’s public holiday


Victoria has recorded its lowest COVID case day in more than a month as cases fall below 1000.

On Tuesday, the health department confirmed there had been 989 cases in the 24 hours until midnight.

There were also nine COVID-related deaths.

Victoria has now passed 92 per cent of first dose vaccination coverage and 81 per cent second dose coverage.

The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the state remains stable at 667.

Of those 127 are in intensive care and 76 are on a ventilator.

Tuesday is the state’s lowest case day since September 29 when 950 cases were recorded.

There were 1471 cases recorded on Monday, 1036 on Sunday, 1355 on Saturday and 1656 on Friday.

A family is reunited in international arrivals terminal at Tullamarine Airport.
A family is reunited in international arrivals terminal at Tullamarine Airport. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

Tears shed at Melbourne Airport

On Monday, families were reunited and tears shed at Melbourne Airport as Victoria reopened to quarantine-free travel for arrivals fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated international arrivals touching down in Victoria no longer have to spend 14 days in quarantine, as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and another 24 hours after arrival.

A flight from Singapore landed at Tullamarine on Monday morning, the first of five international planes scheduled across the day.

Singapore Airlines pilot Jasper Singh was the first passenger to step off the plane after water cannons formed a guard of honour on the tarmac.

The 55-year-old wasn’t able to return earlier as he would have had to do two weeks quarantine each way if he came back.

He hasn’t seen his family in 18 months and can’t wait to give his three teenage kids a big hug.

Flight crew wave to media holding a sign in the doorwell of Jetstar flight JQ505 which arrived from Sydney on Monday.
Flight crew wave to media holding a sign in the doorwell of Jetstar flight JQ505 which arrived from Sydney on Monday. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

Sammy Wright has been trying to get back to Melbourne from Dublin with her one-year-old daughter Tilly, who met her grandmother for the first time at the terminal gates.

“It’s really overwhelming,” she said through tears of joy.

Children aged under 12 arriving with fully vaccinated parents and people with a valid medical exemption don’t need to quarantine.

The same changes have also been made in NSW.

In a move that will also ramp up domestic flights along the Melbourne-Sydney route, restrictions were lifted on travel between Victoria, NSW and the ACT from Monday.

– With AAP



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